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Muscle imbalances related to indoor rock climbing/bouldering and ways to fix them

Ive read that most climbers have a lot of muscle imbalances, including some that affect proper posture. Is that true? What muscles are imbalanced? How do those imbalances affect posture? How to fix ...
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How to structure a high intensity interval training (HIIT) program?

I have read some good things about high intensity interval training (HIIT) programs, and wanted to give one a try. The problem is I don't know how the structure of one works, so I cannot build one ...
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Absolute Beginner in Weight Training

History: I am an absolute beginner to the world of fitness and nutrition. I'm a classical geek that spends most of the time in front of the computer writing code, fixing stuff. I've purchased a set ...
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Advice on gaining weight [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: I am underweight. How do I gain weight and muscle? Here's some info about me: I'm 21 years old. Weight: 50kg (110 pounds) Height: 1.70m (5'7") What would you ...
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Running with a backpack

I carpool to work in the mornings but I run home after work. I have tried running with a regular backpack and that didnt work. It bounced up and down too much and wore out my shoulders. I am now ...
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Why aren't stiff legged deadlifts bad for your back?

It seems to me they go against everything safe about lifting! Lifting with your lower back and not your legs. Image source Anyone have any thoughts on the safety and science behind them?
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Is it bad that my feet turn outward when I run?

I recently started going to a personal trainer and he noticed that my feet turn out to the sides when I run. He said that I should try to correct this, but I'm not sure how to do it. Is it bad that I ...
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Small woman and want to get bigger

I'm a 35 year old woman and I weigh 105. I want to gain 20 pounds and add shape to my figure. I know what I need to do to gain weight, but what exercises can i do that will help me maintain the ...
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Why is body mass index so widely used to determine ideal body weight?

Given the fact that it doesn’t distinguish between lean body weight and fat weight, why is body mass index so widely used to determine ideal body weight? When I started seriously exercising a number ...
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Does muscle mass help or hurt for powerlifting and other strength sports?

When training for powerlifting, olympic lifting, strongman events, etc., the majority of training cycles in an overall program would be focused on strength (myofibular hypertrophy) and perhaps power. ...
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I'm a casual runner & active human. Do I need to work out my legs + lower body?

I'm 27 and I'm in pretty good shape. I'm getting in even better shape, having signed up for a gym membership a couple months ago for the first time in my life. I've been hitting some free weights, pec ...
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What's the best way for me to start weightlifting?

I've always wanted to lift weights and honestly have no idea where to begin. How do I get started? Do I need to join a gym? find a personal trainer? buy a book and weights? find a friend who ...
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How do I prevent and/or treat dehydration?

There have been a few times that after a workout that I've gotten dehydrated. Are there preventive steps to dehydration that can be done before/during the workout? If, after the workout or during ...
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How should I breathe when lifting?

I've heard many different things about how to breathe when lifting? What are some clear, simple, common sense, generally accepted ways to breathe when lifting? (Squatting or pressing.) I'm following ...
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What is a good metric for defining an ideal weight?

It seems that the conclusion is that there is consensus BMI is a really unhelpful metric for determining ideal weight. Indeed, at 5'9" my ideal weight is about 150 according to BMI. The last time ...
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Is this heart rate too high for a beginner runner?

I am a 38 year-old male beginner runner with a history of sport in my earlier years (but hated running by itself), I started the C25K program in mid-december to try to get some fitness back in after ...
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How can I gain a lot of weight in one month? [duplicate]

I want to gain around 10 kg in one month, is this possible? If so, what would be the healthiest way of doing so? I'm 23 years old and weigh 56 kg with a height of ~6 ft.
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How can I get in shape in one month?

My best friend is getting married next month and I'm in the wedding. It turns out they invited my ex whom I haven't seen in a year. I would like to get into shape quickly. However I work long days in ...
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What are some good 5x5 programs I can follow?

I'm looking to start a 5x5 program because I've heard that there are great benefits for beginners just starting to get into weight lifting. What are some good programs, and how can I pick the one ...
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List of Beginner Dumbbell Exercises?

I have a set of dumbbells that I would like to use in the new year. Is there a handy list somewhere (preferably with pictures) of beginner exercises I can do with my dumbbells? I do not have a weight ...
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What are the true implications of the abdominals being actually just one muscle?

A lot of online advice on developing the abs starts by correcting the misperception that the abs are separate muscles, instead, they are a single wall. Now, it's not clear what should I conclude from ...
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Should I eat before my run?

I have heard conflicting advice about whether to eat before running. Some have advised that it's better to do the cardio in a fasted state. This usually involves running in the morning without ...
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How can I train for a 5K while strength training with StrongLifts 5x5 and minimizing detrimental effects on either?

I followed the Couch-to-5K training program several months ago in preparation for a 5K race but have not run at all since then. I'd like to get back into it by doing Couch-to-5K again. I'm doing ...
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Are there any benefits to running in the heat?

I live in Texas and with the summer coming up, my lunch time runs are becoming less enjoyable. I have goal races that will occur in September (Olympic Triathlon) and November (Marathon) where the ...
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Why is my body shaking during certain exercises?

During some exercises (push-ups, crunshes) my whole body shakes, I feel a tremor that I cannot control. This happens even during first push-up, when I'm not tired at at all. So, my questions are: ...
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Is 10,10,10 as good as 30?

My problem: For aerobic exercise, my target heart rate is 120. I aim to exercise at that level for say 30 minutes per day. Now, if I "walk as hard as possible" I only get to about 100, 105. ...
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Is there any scientific info about effects of air pollution during exercise?

In my city, some advocacy groups are raising awareness about the dangers of vehicle exhaust nearby parks and other places where people exercise. However, we couldn't get to "the heart" of the body of ...
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Drink beer after gym?

I know that it's better don't drink beer before gym. But after gym? Here they claim the following: Carbon dioxide in beer helps quench the thirst more quickly, while beer's carbohydrates ...
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What is behind the (apparently) recent kettlebell craze?

I've never heard of kettlebells until the last couple of years. It seems that they've kind of exploded recently, and a ton of people are extolling the virtues of these things. I've heard that they ...
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Experience and references about intermittent fasting [closed]

I have read about and tried intermittent fasting in the past few months with some great results. The only hiccup was getting sick for about 3 weeks and losing that will to continue with it, until I ...
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What is the opposite exercise of push ups?

I've been doing push ups on a daily basis, and I feel like I need to also train the opposite muscles, to make sure I'm training evenly. What would be a good counter-exercise for push ups?
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Weight gained using GOMAD strategy

@DaveLiepmann recommended drinking one gallon of milk a day for gaining quick mass. It does look like a good idea as it is discussed on stronglifts as well. But another article suggested it is not ...
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Cons of doing all the Starting Strength “Practical Programming Novice Program” exercises on the same day?

I recently started doing the Practical Programming Novice Program from Starting Strength. Program below: Monday 3x5 Squat 3x5 Bench press / Press (Alternating) Chin-ups: 3 sets to failure or add ...
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Using a Foam Roller

Recently a personal trainer recommended I use a foam roller for muscle massage and flexibility. Most research I've done on the web simply states the roller 'massages the muscle' or 'breaks down scar ...
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Should I squat with sore knees?

5 weeks ago I've started an 8 week training program which consists of fullbody training 3 times a week. After years of stagnation I feel real progress in all major muscle groups. However, probably ...
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What is the least I need to run to maintain my conditioning?

Sometimes you know that you have a very busy time ahead of you, and that you're going to have less time for fitness activities, for whatever reason (work, a new child, etc). My questions is this- ...
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What can I do for cardio while I am on vacation with no equipment? [duplicate]

I started exercising and eating healthier 3 months ago and am really motivated and on a great schedule. I swim for 30 minutes 2-3 times a week, hike with elevation gain 2.2 miles 1-2 times a week ...
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Does working a diverse set of muscles increase metabolism?

By supplementing my running with working additional muscle groups, can I increase my metabolism? I'm thinking of doing about 30 situps 30 pushups before running and gradually building up. I might add ...
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Bodyweight strength training

Normally I'd be following a typical freeweight strength training program, like Stronglifts 5x5, but lately I have found the necessity to go to a gym is a bit of a problem. Also, I will be leaving for ...
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how accurate are the calorie counters on iPhone apps?

I use Kinetic to measure my regular excercise routine (walking). It calculates / estimates the amount of calories burned during that period. I am wondering how accurate (generally speaking) these ...
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Should milk be completely avoided during weight-loss work-outs?

Milk has a considerable amount of fat. So while in a weight-loss regiment, should milk be avoided completely?
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Could someone explain this psoas stretch?

Without an image to accompany it, I don't really know how to perform this psoas stretch Stand up straight, and move one foot about 10 inches behind the other. Bend both your front and back knees, ...
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How do I naturally boost my Testosterone levels?

Its a well documented fact that testosterone in essential for muscle development. So much so that some will want to go to the lengths of taking synthetic testosterone in order to aid their ...
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How deep should a squat be?

Recently, I've read some articles that suggest that you should go below 90 degrees. On the other hand, I've talked with a trainer in my gym, and he usually places a bench behind him so that he ...
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What can I use to monitor my running workout?

After a period of inactivity I recently started running again and want know what gadgets or tools I use to monitor my workout. Some requirements: It should offer workout programs (based on my level ...
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Running and six pack abs

I've been struggling with weight almost entire life (I was just lazy). I'm 176 cm tall and I currently have 79kg. A year ago I was 96 kg. I gave up soda, chocolate and eating after 6 PM and went to ...
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How important is it that a person be able to touch their toes?

For as long as I can remember, I've heard the question "can you touch your toes?" asked by people trying to ascertain another person's physical fitness. I've grown up thinking that being able to touch ...
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What to do with sore muscles

Say I have done some exercise and the next few days I am rather sore in certain muscles. What is the best thing to do about that? Let them rest (avoid using them)? Use them a lot? Exercise more? Rub ...
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How can I strengthen my lower back

I was diagnosed for "Muscle Spasm" a while ago for my lower back pain. The pain went away for about a year and then came back again. I had a blood test taken and found out that I am deficient in ...
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Persistent mild knee pain due to squats - push through or stop?

Over the last 2 months or so of doing heavy squats (200 lbs - 262 lbs) I've frequently had pain in my knees. During the last 2 weeks, it's been especially persistent and seems to be mostly in my left ...

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